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Revisiting Serial: Exploring the Ethical and Legal Implications of the Podcast

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Arthur M. Goldberg Commons - Villanova University School of Law


Did Adnan kill Hae? If Adnan didn't murder Hae, who did? Was Sarah Koening ethical in her reporting style? What makes the first season of Serial so appealing?

Since its October debut, Serial has taken the podcasting world by storm. A spinoff of the public radio program This American Life, Serial is now the world's most downloaded podcast in iTunes.

WHYY and Villanova University School of Law (VLS) invite you to an in-depth discussion and review of Serial. A panel will be moderated by Chris Satullo of NewsWorks and feature Anne Poulin, VLS Professor and Board Member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project along with experts in fields touched by the podcast: journalism, criminal justice and criminal investigation. We'll also consider the case post-podcast and Adnan's January 2015 appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Then we will turn the discussion over to you! Share your opinions and theories with the panelists and other Serial fans.


VLS has been provided a limited number of free tickets for faculty, staff and students. Free tickets will be selected at random via online lottery. Entries can be submitted here.

Limit one entry and ticket per person. All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6.

Tickets are also available for purchase with a WHYY membership. Special student membership available. Click here for more information.